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(Daily Press 1977 File Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from Oct. 29 – Nov. 4.

40 years ago
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4, 1977

“Except for three defensive plays, we looked super.” That’s how Bulldog football coach Mike Phipps described his team’s performance following Friday night’s 44-21 thrashing of the Tucumcari Rattlers in Bulldog Bowl. Phipps was referring to three occasions when the Rattlers caught the Bulldogs napping, two of those times resulting in scores for the opposition. Other than those three plays, it was a satisfying win for the Bulldogs for a couple of reasons. First of all, they probably played their best team game of the season and have been showing steady improvements over the last three games of the year. Second of all, the Bulldogs clinched at least a tie for the district championship and can claim it outright with a win over Lovington next week.

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Homecoming Queen Susan Lopez and her escort, Tony Morales stood with the rest of the Homecoming Court at halftime Friday night. Other members of the court included sophomore attendant Krissy Gomez and Michael Flores, senior princess Jacklyn Cole and Richie Price, senior princess Teresa Hodges and Robbie Matthews, maid of honor Lynda Durham and Steve Shaw, senior princess Cheryl Heathington and Johnny Starkey, and junior attendant Susan Starkey and Roger Pearson.

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As reported in the Pinon News: There have been a few pinon nuts in the Avis area and it is rather odd, as there seem to be nuts on trees in a strip from north to south beginning on Miller Flat and extending to just east of the Basil Holcomb ranch. A large number of people have been coming in to pick them up. There have been so many people and so few nuts that they were gone so soon. They ripened early this year, as it is nearly hunting season when they usually fall.

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George Duncan was honored Thursday in a special award ceremony for 30 years of continual service as a welder for the Navajo refinery. Duncan was presented with a watch and a 30-year certificate by plant mechanical superintendent Ray Tice.

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Don Lewis was installed as president of the Artesia Board of Realtors Thursday and Norma Kaiser was installed as secretary.

30 years ago
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4, 1987

Anybody who uttered the worn-out phrase “Have a nice day” to Artesia tailback Michael McPherson Friday prior to the Artesia-Goddard game that night certainly saw Michael live up to that bit of advice. McPherson ran wild … through, around, under, and, for all we know, probably over, the Goddard defense, leading the Bulldogs to a 40-12 victory and the 4-AAA district title.

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Area farmer Vernon Haldeman received a check for $300 from First National Bank board chairman Charles K. Johnson after Haldeman produced the first bale of cotton for the year.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Alton Daugherty of near Sacramento is busy putting a new metal roof on his home. Dennis Davis helped Alton one day as he needed help because the roofing was so heavy. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Scott and Mrs. Oza Holcomb went to Cloudcroft Monday of last week for flu shots. Also Mrs. Schott went back to Alamogordo to have her toe checked where she had surgery. She plans to go back Tuesday of this week to have the stitches removed.

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When it comes to hungry mouths to feed, Alta “Sis” Walker holds the record. She and her crew of 12 cooks and cook-managers feed lunch to about 1,500 school children at eight schools throughout the 180-day school year. Walker, who started with the Artesia Public Schools in 1953, is supervisor of the school system’s cafeterias and cafeteria workers. In December, she starts her 35th year with the school system. She began her career in the tray room of an old barracks building, which served as a school cafeteria where the high school girls’ gym is now.

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The Penasco Soil and Water Conservation District recently honored four men for contributions to agriculture in 1987. They are Dee Tidwell of Pinon, outstanding rancher; Joe Helm of Lakewood, outstanding cooperator; Lester “Butch” Donaghe of Hope, outstanding farmer; and Steve Barley of Hope, outstanding supervisor.

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Artesia cornerback Wayne Needham returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown during last Friday’s 40-12 victory over the Goddard Rockets at Bulldog Bowl. Needham, a junior, has five such heists this year and has run back two of them for touchdowns. The Bulldogs close out the regular season Friday against NMMI.

20 years ago
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4, 1997

Jo Gore was named Bowler of the Year by the Artesia Women’s Bowling League. Other 1996-97 special awards included Terry Lopez and Bonnie Gail, who tied for the High Scratch Game at 244; Gail, who had the High Handicap Game at 289; Joyce Moore, who had the High Scratch Series at 627; Cindy Almanza, who had the High Handicap Series at 741; Melinda Martin, who was most improved with 17 pins; and Lopez, who had the highest average at 180.

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The Bulldogs steamrolled Portales 39-0 at Bulldog Bowl Friday. Artesia, ranked No. 1 in the latest Associated Press poll, improved its record to 8-1 on the year, 2-0 in District 4-AAA play. Meanwhile, Portales dropped to 1-8 overall, 0-2 in district play. Next up for the Bulldogs will be Tucumcari, a 48-13 loser to Lovington Friday.

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Alysia Tucker, Brooke Knox, Xochitl Carrillo and Mercy Salazar, members of the AHS varsity cheerleading squad, were chosen by the National Cheerleaders Association to be in the New Year’s Day parade in London and represent Artesia and the state of New Mexico.

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Two new teachers this year in Artesia are Marilyn Taylor at Zia Intermediate School and Shelli Taylor at Central Elementary. Marilyn is a social studies teacher and coach, and Shelli is a cheerleading coach at Park Junior High School and Artesia High School, and the elementary physical education teacher at Central.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Looking Back is compiled each week by Daily Press Community Living Editor Teresa Lemon.)